Amongst the many Doctor visits we had Davy's first cranio facial team appointment. They will be the people we will be working with to fix up Davy's clefty. I was really excited/nervous for this. Fixing Davy up is gonna be a long hard road and I am not sure what to expect. These appointments last about 4 hours. You basically sit in a room and the various Doc's come in and do there thing. We met with dental, ENT, Genetics, plastic surgeon, speech therapist, audiologist and a social worker. Phew, I'm tired just typing that. The Dentist confirmed her toothy and said it will most likely need to get pulled. He said it could be done during her lip/nose surgery, you know kill 3 birds with one stone. I was really anxious to hear what her plastic surgeon had to say, and it wasn't really what I had hoped for. I know that most clefties need numerous(I've heard upto 13 sometimes) surgeries over their life, but I guess I was kinda hoping Davy would be different. Wrong. Usually the lip gets repaired in one, 2 hour(ish) surgery, with some touch ups down the road. Davy will need 2 surgeries to do what the 1 should. Her cleft lip is large and she doesn't have a lot of lip tissue. So the first surgery will be to bring the cleft closer, then after that heals(6 months later) they will complete the repair in a second surgery. After he said this my brain just switched off. I just kept thinking 2...2 surgeries. Why? Why can't this be easier for her? He really didn't go into crazy details about it either. Or maybe he did but I was to emotional to hear him. Ends up we have to make another appointment to his private office and things will be spelled out more clearly there. Of course his soonest appointment was like 3 weeks away........ whatever. In the meantime I will enjoy her large clefty smile.
Do you see her lil toothy?